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AAS President David Helfand welcomes the new year with thoughts about big astronomy meetings, how to advocate for federal investments in science, and the astounding pace at which our understanding of the universe is increasing.

With Executive Officer Kevin Marvel on sabbatical, other managers on the AAS staff are taking turns writing this column. In this installment, Chris Biemesderfer, Director of Publishing, describes the ongoing evolution of the AAS journals in the digital age.

Balloting for the next election of AAS officers and councilors will open in mid-December 2013 and close at the end of January 2014. All AAS members eligible to vote in the election will be notified once the ballot is available.

AAS members will elect new officers and councilors in early 2014. The final slate of candidates is now set; candidate bios and statements will be coming soon.

AAS members will elect new officers and councilors in early 2014. A preliminary slate of candidates is now in hand, and additional nominations are welcome. Deadline: 16 September.

David Helfand reviews the current state of our journals, which is excellent, and argues for improving it further by including links in ApJ and AJ articles to the data that underlies a paper's conclusions.

The AAS will cease publication of AER at the end of 2013; the journal's full archive will remain available online. A task force will be created to develop ideas for expanding the Society's investment in other types of astronomy-education activities.

Kevin Marvel reports on the Journals Futures Workshop, which considered ApJ and AJ in light of the ongoing communications revolution, and offers some thoughts on AAS staff training, our impending office relocation, and his upcoming mini-sabbatical.

The American Astronomical Society and its six divisions (Planetary Science, High Energy Astrophysics, Solar Physics, Dynamical Astronomy, Historical Astronomy, and Laboratory Astrophysics) are deeply concerned about the impact of the Administration’s new conference travel restrictions on the scientific productivity and careers of researchers who are Federal employees and contractors.

The results of the latest AAS election are presented below. The Society thanks all who agreed to stand for election, for their commitment and service to the community, and congratulates the winners.

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